▲ ▼ Sanity checker
I would like to have a mechanism by which users can check their mental health regularly themselves through a series of standardised tests. This would be very useful for someone with hereditary mental illness and would like to keep a tap on their mental health.
There are numerous occasions by which someone may be at the risk of mental illness apart from hereditary reasons e.g. environment, age, side-effect from infections of implants, accidents, medication etc.
An easily accessible system with which a user can track the progress of their mental health would bring more awareness towards mental health and its treatment. A fitbit for mental health?
Should it be a system which should be proactively used for mental health assessment or system which involuntarily monitors our activities to make an assessment?
The main hurdle is the scientific validity of such assessment. Even devices from major manufacturers which monitors physical activity with heart rate monitors, accelerometers have failed the scientific scrutiny due to their inaccuracies. Mental health is a volatile research field, the landscape of mental health research changes rapidly the more we understand our brain; one consensus being there's a whole more to understand about our brain.
There is definitely a need gap for bringing state of the art validated research on mental health to the consumers. You may be interested in similar problems posted on needgap.
I think, technology isn't here to involuntarily monitor activities to make a mental assessment hence I stated voluntary tests, I may be wrong as well.
I agree on the scientific validity as there is no shortage of misinformation regarding mental health already.
Thank you for the other problem link, that was very interesting.